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message 1: by Emily (last edited Nov 10, 2015 11:48AM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments I just joined this group, so I'm hoping I am doing this right. I have read 57 books so far this year. I'm also doing the Popsugar challenge, but I'm guessing I don't post about that here? I just looked at the yearly challenges page and I might tack on the I Spy challenge as well, but don't hold me to that.


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message 2: by Emily (last edited Dec 31, 2015 09:11AM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments My Books So Far (87 out of 80):

January

Dear Mr. Knightley completed 1/5
Happy completed 1/6
Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944 completed 1/11
Searching for God Knows What completed 1/14
A Woman Of Independent Means completed 1/15
Clouds of Witness completed 1/17
How to Bake a Man completed 1/20
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho completed 1/25
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?: 101 Amazing Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and... Mischief completed 1/28

February

Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters completed 2/5
Civil War Hospital Sketches completed 2/10
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library completed 2/11
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East completed 2/13
Behind the Scenes at the Museum completed 2/18
Quidditch Through the Ages completed 2/19
84, Charing Cross Road completed 2/26
A Book of One's Own: People and Their Diaries completed 2/27

March

Journals, 1952-2000 completed 3/2
The Perks of Being a Wallflower completed 3/3
The Beauty and the Sorrow completed 3/11
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street completed 3/12
A Star for Mrs. Blake completed 3/17

April

Under the Wide and Starry Sky completed 4/2
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work completed 4/8
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society completed 4/9
Girl in Hyacinth Blue completed 4/12
Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies completed 4/15
How Right You Are, Jeeves completed 4/16
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson completed 4/20
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience completed 4/22
The Trip to Echo Spring completed 4/26
The Rosie Effect completed 4/29
The Humans completed 4/30

May

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War completed 5/7
Dear Committee Members completed 5/7
Rosie Dunne completed 5/10
Americans in Paris: a Literary Anthology completed 5/20
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? completed 5/22
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood completed 5/27
The Elegance of the Hedgehog completed 5/29

June

Stella: One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal and Survival in Hitler's Germany completed 6/1
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet completed 6/3
How the Irish Saved Civilization completed 6/4
Mad About the Boy completed 6/5
We Are the People: Voices from the Other Side of American History completed 6/6
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology completed 6/9
Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War completed 6/18
TransAtlantic completed 6/24
Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale completed 6/25
March completed 6/26

July

Testament of Friendship completed 7/16
The Book Thief completed 7/26
Outliers: The Story of Success completed 7/30

August

Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer, Sister of Georgiana completed 8/3
The Book of Madness and Cures completed 8/6
The Complete Father Brown completed 8/7
Where'd You Go, Bernadette completed 8/8
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail completed 8/17
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry completed 8/21
You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life completed 8/27
American Transcendentalism: A History completed 8/29
Sunshine on Scotland Street completed 8/31

September

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are completed 9/3
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination completed 9/3
The Wright Brothers completed 9/7
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle completed 9/12
The Bugles Are Silent completed 9/19
Bob Schieffer's America completed 9/26
Autumn Light: Illuminations of Age completed 9/30

October

The Secret History of Wonder Woman completed 10/3
The Soldier's Wife completed 10/13
Station Eleven completed 10/20
Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith completed 10/26

November

Emma: A Modern Retelling completed 11/3
Slaughterhouse-Five completed 11/6
Life on Purpose Devotional for Women: Practical Faith and Profound Insight for Every Day completed 11/8
A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes canon completed 11/10
Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters completed 11/14
Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals completed 11/19
Olive Kitteridge completed 11/23

December

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women completed 12/2
Five Red Herrings completed 12/6
Building a Life Out of Words completed 12/13
A Study in Scarlet completed 12/17
The Sign of Four completed 12/20
Shelter Cats completed 12/27
More Than a Carpenter completed 12/31


message 3: by Emily (last edited Dec 31, 2015 09:07AM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments I just stole these stats from Cheri, who got them from Cassandra. I've updated them to reflect my list.

2015 Reading Statistics

Genre/Type
Biography/Memoir: 9
Classics: 0
Fantasy: 2
Graphic Novel: 1
Historical Fiction: 10
General Fiction: 18
Play: 0
Literary Fiction: 9
Mystery: 4
History: 11
Social Action: 2
Food & Nutrition: 0
Other Nonfiction: 21
Science Fiction: 0

Length
Short (<250 pages): 25
Medium (250-500 pages): 54
Long (501-800 pages): 8
Very Long (>800 pages): 0

Author Gender
Female: 42
Male: 39
Multiple Authors: 6

New to Me or Repeat Author?
New to Me: 65
Repeat: 22

Series or Standalone Book?
Series: 18
Stand alone: 69

Format
eBook: 12
Audiobook: 0
Owned Book: 23
Borrowed Book: 7
Library: 45


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book 60: You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

I love Eleanor Roosevelt, but this fell flat for me. I just struggled the whole way through.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished American Transcendentalism: A History, which is book 61. Only fair.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished Sunshine on Scotland Street, from a series I love. Book #62.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Read 2 books, which both go for the Goodreads Challenge only:

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle completed 9/12
The Bugles Are Silent completed 9/19


message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished books 68 and 69!

Bob Schieffer's America completed 9/26 (Goodreads challenge only)
Autumn Light: Illuminations of Age completed 9/30 (Goodreads AND the I Spy challenge! Woot!)


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Emily wrote: "I just joined this group, so I'm hoping I am doing this right. I have read 57 books so far this year. I'm also doing the Popsugar challenge, but I'm guessing I don't post about that here? I just lo..."

Hi Emily, I'm sorry that we didn't catch you earlier. I'm Kadijah Michelle, a member of the Welcome Committee, and you can keep track of your PopSugar reading challenge here. There is a whole thread for it in our Let's Chat section.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Oh I know! I meant like here on this specific thread. I have a post on the Popsugar thread in this group and I have a post about the popsugar challenge in my member's corner.


message 14: by Emily (last edited Oct 03, 2015 06:41PM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #70: The Secret History of Wonder Woman finished today! Goodreads challenge only. Eeek only 10 left!


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #71: Finished The Soldier's Wife for Goodreads challenge.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #72: Station Eleven, which counts for my Goodreads challenge AND Popsugar! Woot!


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #73: Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith for the Goodreads challenge. Only fair.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished book #74 for my Goodreads challenge: Emma: A Modern Retelling. I love AMS, but this definitely is not his best book. I prefer the 44 Scotland Street series for sure.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #75: Slaughterhouse-Five for the Goodreads challenge, the Popsugar challenge, and the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge.


message 20: by Emily (last edited Nov 08, 2015 11:16AM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #76: Life on Purpose Devotional for Women: Practical Faith and Profound Insight for Every Day for the Goodreads challenge.

I've been reading a devotion a day from this book since August so I'm pleased to get it done!


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments #77: A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes canon for the Goodreads challenge.

Only fair--would recommend just rereading the originals if you're in the mood for some Holmes.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #78: Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters for the Goodreads challenge.

This is technically 2 books in one volume, but since I'm totally going to pass my goal of 80 books, I'm just counting it as one book.

Y'all, these books are so fantastic. It took me 3 weeks to read the volume because there's so much to savor that it's hard to read a lot of it at once. Definitely going to reread both. This was my only 5-star read of 2015 so far. To me a 5-star is like a book that changed my life and this definitely fits the bill. Will be thinking about it for a long time.

Also, it made me want to read more of Lewis's work. Previously, the only work of his I'd read was The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I think I'll reread it and work on the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia too in 2016.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments I finished Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals this morning before work. I have read 79 books wooo! One more to go!

This book was short, yet it took a long time for me to get through -- I felt like there was so much information in this book that it was hard to process. I'll have to reread it someday.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments WOOT finished my challenge with Olive Kitteridge! It met the Popsugar and the Goodreads challenge. Yea! It was an excellent book!


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Cassandra | 5832 comments Congratulations on finishing your challenge! What are some of your favorite books from this year?


message 26: by Emily (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Cassandra wrote: "Congratulations on finishing your challenge! What are some of your favorite books from this year?"

I'd say, barring any spectacular reads in December, my top 5 books that I read in 2015 are:

Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters--it was my 5-star book of the year.
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
A Woman Of Independent Means
Outliers: The Story of Success
Station Eleven


message 27: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments I haven't heard of A Woman Of Independent Means before but it looks really interesting. I added it to my to-read list.


message 28: by Emily (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Cassandra wrote: "I haven't heard of A Woman Of Independent Means before but it looks really interesting. I added it to my to-read list."

It's an epistolary novel, which is my favorite genre. It's the life story through letters of a woman living in Dallas, Texas in the 1960s-1980s. It's also an incredibly quick read--I read the whole thing over 2 days.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished #81: Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

Only fair--I was hoping for a bit more of an academic book on the subject of women in the Bible.

I'm glad to get it done though--it's been on my TBR for nearly 2 years!


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished #82: Five Red Herrings

This book is a Peter Wimsey mystery, but it was not that great. I gave it only 2 stars, which is rare for me. I just felt it was too long and there were too many suspects. I wasn't engaged in the story.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Finished #83: Building a Life Out of Words

This is a free ebook from Amazon that a blog I love recommended a LONG time ago. I've been reading a bunch of ebooks because I had run out of physical books in Tennessee, but yesterday I went to the Half Price Books Outlet, so now I have 5 physical books to read!! Yea!!

I also got all 9 of the Sherlock Holmes books on my Kindle for free, so I'll be working on those as well.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments I read A Study in Scarlet finally!! I love BBC Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies, so I figured I need to read the source material. I especially need to read them since I got them all on my Kindle for free!

That makes 84 books.


message 33: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments What did you think of A Study in Scarlet? I read it without knowing much about Sherlock except the first Robert Downey Jr. movie (and what's generally part of popular culture).


message 34: by Emily (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Cassandra wrote: "What did you think of A Study in Scarlet? I read it without knowing much about Sherlock except the first Robert Downey Jr. movie (and what's generally part of popular culture)."

I liked it a lot. The Mormon stuff threw me off a bit--I think I had heard there was some Mormon stuff in it, but I didn't realize it was such a huge part of the book. Also, catching the murderer was a lot less dramatic than BBC Sherlock made it out to be.

And in reading Watson's descriptions of Holmes in the 2nd/3rd chapter, I have to say I think media gets Sherlock Holmes wrong. Like Watson basically says that, though Holmes is a bit eccentric, he's for the most part a decent roommate. Yet Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch both portray him as a terrible roommate that only a crazy person would live with.


message 35: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments That's very true! I noticed that the Sherlock Holmes print stories are much more low-key, but they also tell more of the thought process along the way, which I like. I like the Robert Downey Jr. movie version, but I also like the Arthur Conan Doyle book version.

I do have to space my Sherlock Holmes stories out, though, or else they start to feel pretty similar.


message 36: by Emily (last edited Dec 21, 2015 05:28PM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Cassandra wrote: "That's very true! I noticed that the Sherlock Holmes print stories are much more low-key, but they also tell more of the thought process along the way, which I like. I like the Robert Downey Jr. mo..."

I agree. I finished The Sign of Four today, but I think I'll be taking a break from SH for a few months. I am going to read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, but I have all of 2016 to do it.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Book #85 was The Sign of Four, the second Sherlock Holmes book. I was on an airplane today, so plowed through a huge chunk of it to get it done. I had seen the Jeremy Brett version of this story and it is very close to the book (Unlike BBC Sherlock's A Study in Pink vs. A Study in Scarlet), so I knew the ending. But still a good, fast-paced read.


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Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments #86: I received Shelter Cats as a Christmas present and got through it quickly since it's a coffee table book full of kitties. : p

It was a sweet treat to look through.


message 39: by Emily (last edited Dec 31, 2015 09:14AM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 531 comments Final book of 2015 is More Than a Carpenter! I read 87 books this year, 7 more than my goal. Yea!

I'll see y'all in my 2016 challenge page! (Which is HERE if you want to check it out.)


message 40: by Violet (new)

Violet (violaine) Well done Emily! 87 is an impressive number.


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